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  1. Your 2017/18 Toronto Maple Leafs

    Luke Schenn? He's a big hitter and shot blocker but not exactly a hallmark of defensive stability.
  2. This is the first Golden Knights game I've watched. They are a damn good team. They don't have a ton of star power but they really do work hard and win by committee. It seems like the Leafs often have trouble with grindy teams that can match their speed. If anything it's more of a styles mismatch than a skills mismatch. The Leafs can score with the best of them but don't have an answer for that style of play. It's also really hard watching Martin Marincin try to play at the NHL level. Yikes. As for Polak, I like the elements of his game but I don't think he's NHL caliber anymore. I'm not opposed to having a similar player who can do the same things with the understanding that he'll be a bottom pair and PK guy, but I'm kind of over watching Polak try to put the pieces together. Maybe Coach Bab's patience will pay off come playoff time, but it looks downright ugly some games right now.
  3. He seemed very able-bodied for a 93 year old. Hell of a nice guy too... pretty much the unofficial team grandpa. I heard an interview with his grandson on the radio. He was sick for about a week, took a nap, and never woke up from it. That's not a bad way to go out at all.
  4. NHL to Seattle?

    Divisional realignment in 2013-14 left one open spot in the Pacific Division and one open spot in the Central Division. There may need to be some rotation to make that work within the Western Conference, but I don't see them pulling a team from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference to allow an Eastern team in via expansion. It's not ideal to have Eastern timezone teams playing in the Western conference. Half of your away games end up being at 9:30pm or 10:30pm at night. It's not ideal for travel or TV ratings, although with the geographic separation in the Western conference the travel is always rougher there. Right now all of the Eastern timezone teams are in the Eastern conference. Expect expansion into a western US market and relocation to Quebec City, if it ever happens.
  5. I can't say I'm surprised that they lost going into the back-half of a back-to-back game against a rugged veteran Capitals team. The Caps made pretty quick work of the Lightning last night and looked good to go, while the Leafs scraped out an ugly one against the Hurricanes and were noticeably flat through two periods. It was a good effort in the third, but not nearly enough.
  6. Untracked stats you’d like to see tracked

    It's hard to track, but it would be cool to see shift times for players, and if we're being really in-depth I'd like to know how much time was spent in each zone. It would be interesting to see if there are lines or players that frequently help drive play in the offensive zone or get hemmed in their own zone.
  7. I like that line on paper. You've got two trigger guys in Matthews/JVR and Marner who can dish. If you need a net-front presence you can have JVR play that role.
  8. At the outset of the game I was a little worried. The Habs looked better early on while the Leafs were almost giving them a bit too much respect. Andersen was good early though. The Leafs really turned it on in the second, though. Montreal's AHL goalie was exposed as an AHL goalie and they all seemed to start crumbling by about the 3rd goal. It was a fun game to watch, no doubt. Beating the Habs on HNIC is always satisfying.
  9. Nintendo Switch (formerly known as NX)

    I'm more or less the same way. Playing handheld is pretty rare unless I want some TV or podcast background noise. I've thought about taking my Switch out in public but I'm not a huge fan of gaming in public. I'd rather just be on my phone reading forums or something.
  10. The Walking Dead

    My last episode was the one where they faked Glenn's death (Season 6, IIRC). It was so obviously a fake death that they were going to write their way out of and came across as a little insulting for long-time viewers. I heard the show really went downhill after that anyways, so it doesn't feel like I"m missing anything.
  11. Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    I agree with Victorqvist here. It's definitely the best Thor movie to date and it's laugh-out-loud funny without the gravitas of the situation at hand getting lost in the shuffle. I could see the argument for it being the best MCU movie to date.
  12. Nintendo Switch (formerly known as NX)

    From what I've seen of it, it's not the *ideal* way to play DOOM but it's a great way to experience it if you have no other choice. DOOM is a twitch shooter and feels choppy/unresponsive at 30fps, at least based from my experience playing it on PC.
  13. Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    Everything I've heard says it's one of the best Marvel movies made to date. Would you say that's recency bias, or legit?
  14. Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    Everything I've heard says it's one of the best Marvel movies made to date. Would you say that's recency bias, or legit?
  15. Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    Everything I've heard says it's one of the best Marvel movies made to date. Would you say that's recency bias, or legit?